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Death note

1. How to use it

1.1 ENTERING NAMES

The human whose name is written in this note shall die.

This note won’t take effect unless the writer has the subject’s face in mind

when writing his/her name. This is to prevent people who have the same

name from being affected.

The Death Note won’t ever affect a victim whose name has been misspelled

four times.

When the same name is written in two or more Death Notes, the Note which

was used first will take affect, regardless of the time of death.

If the same name is written in two or more Death Notes within 0.06 seconds,

the entry is regarded as simultaneous; the Death Notes will not take effect

and the individual won’t die.


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If a Death Note owner accidentally misspells a person’s name four times, that

person will be free from being killed by the Death Note. However, if the Death

Note owner intentionally misspells the name four times, the owner will die.

The Death Note will not take effect if a victim’s name is written on several

different pages. However, the front and back of a page is considered to be one

page. For example, the Death Note will still take effect if the victim’s first

name is written on the front page and last name on the back.

1.2 ENTERING THE CAUSES AND CONDITIONS OF DEATH

If the cause of death is written within forty seconds of the subject’s name, it

will happen.

If the cause of death isn’t specified, the subject will die of a heart attack.

After writing the cause of death, the details of the death should be entered

within the next six minutes and forty seconds.


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If the time of death is specified within forty seconds after writing the cause of

death as a heart attack, the time of death can be manipulated and can go into

effect within forty seconds after writing the name.

The conditions of death won’t be realized unless they’re physically possible for

that human or could be reasonably assumed to be carried out by that human.

Since the limitations apply to the conditions of a death are unknown to the

Shinigami, Death Note owners must find out on their own.

You may write the cause and/or details of death prior to filling in the name of

the individual. Be sure to insert the name in front of the cause of death. You

have about 19 days (according to the human calendar) to fill in a name.

Suicide is a universally valid cause of death as all humans are thought to

possess the potential to commit suicide. It is, therefore, something that may

be reasonably assumed of the individual.

Whether the cause of the individual’s death is either suicide or an accident, if

it would lead to the death of more than the intended victim, the person will
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simply die of a heart attack. This is to ensure that other lives are not

impacted.

After an individual’s name, time of death, and conditions of death are entered

in the notebook, the time and conditions of death may be altered as many

times and desired as long as they are changed within six minutes and 40

seconds from the time they are filled in. but, of course, this is only possible

before the victim dies.

If you write “dies of accident” for the cause of death, the victim will die from a

natural accident six minutes and 40 seconds after the time of entry.

Even if only one name is written in the Death Note, if the victim’s death

causes other humans that are not written in it to die, the cause of death will

default to a heart attack.

If you write “dies from disease” and specify which disease and specify which

disease and the time of death, there must be a sufficient amount of time for

the disease to progress. If the set time is too tight, the victim will die of a

heart attack six minutes and 40 seconds after the entry in the Death Note.
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If you write, “dies from disease” as the cause of death but specify only the

time of death and not the actual disease, the victim will die from a plausible

disease.

The Death Note can only operate within a 23-day window (in the human

calendar). This is called the 23-Day rule.

If you write “dies from disease” and specify which disease, but not a time of

death, if the progression of the disease takes more than 24 days, the 23-Day

rule will not take effect and the human will die at an appropriate time

depending on the disease. However, rewriting the cause and/or details of

death must be done within six minutes and 40 seconds: you cannot change

the victim’s time of death, however soon it may be.

In order for the Death Note to take effect the victim’s name must be written

on one page; however, the cause and conditions of death may be entered on

other pages. This will work as long as the person who writes in the Death Note

keeps the specific victim’s name in mind when writing the cause and

conditions of death.
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If the cause and conditions of death are written in before the victim’s name is,

multiple names can be written as long as they are entered within 40 seconds

and the cause and conditions of death are not impossible. In the event that

the cause of death is possible but the conditions are not, only the cause of

death will take effect for that victim. If both the cause and the conditions are

impossible, that victim will die of a heart attack.

When you write multiple names in the Death note and then write down one

cause of death within 40 seconds of writing the first victim’s name, the cause

will take effect for all the written names. Also, after writing the cause of death,

even if the conditions of death are written within six minutes and 40 seconds

in the human world, the conditions will apply only to the victims for whom

they are possible. Those for whom the conditions are not possible will simply

die from the specified cause.

A human death caused by the Death Note can indirectly lengthen another

human’s original life span in the human world even without the owner’s

specific intention to do so.


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Once the victim’s name, cause of death, and conditions of death have been

written down in the Death Note, the death will take place even if that Death

Note, or the part of the note used, is destroyed before the stated time of

death.

If the victim’s name has been entered and the Death Note is destroyed while

the cause of death is being written, the victim will be killed by a heart attack

40 seconds after the name was entered. If the victim name and cause of

death have already been written, then the victim will be killed within six

minutes and 40 seconds via the stated cause or death if it is possible within

that period of time. Otherwise, the victim will die by heart attack.

1.3 ALTERATIONS

If you wish to change anything written in the Death Note within six minutes

and 40 seconds after you wrote it, you must first rule out the characters you

want to erase with two straight lines. The time and conditions of death can be

changed, but once the victim’s name has been written, that individual’s death

can never be averted.


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It is useless to try to erase names written in the Death Note with erasers or to

white them out.

Even if a new victim’s name, cause of death, or conditions of death are

written on top of the original victim’s name, cause of death, or conditions of

death, there will be no effect on the original victim’s death. The same thing

will also apply to erasing what was written with a pencil, or whiting out what

was written.

1.4 LIMITATIONS

The Death Note will not affect those less than 780 days old.

You cannot kill humans who are more than 124 years of age with the Death

Note

You cannot kill humans with less than 12 minutes of life left (in human

calculations)
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You cannot set a death date longer than the victims’ original life span. Even if

the victim’s death is entered in the Death Note, if it is beyond his or her

original life span, the victim will die before the set time.

1.5 OTHER THINGS TO CONSIDER

The human who uses this note can neither go to Heaven nor to Hell.

One gape taken from the Death Note, or even a fragment of the page,

possesses the full power of the note.

Any writing instrument or medium (cosmetics, blood, etc.) may be used as

long as it can write directly onto the note and create legible text.

The pages of the Death Note will never run out.

Some limited number of Death Notes have white or red front covers, but this

make no difference in their effectiveness as compared with the black Death

Notes.

2. Ownership
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2.1 THE BEGINNING OF OWNERSHIP

This note shall become the property of the human world one it touches

ground in the human world.

The owner of a Death Note can recognize the image and voice of the original

owner--a Shinigami, for example.

The human who touches the Death Note can recognize the image and voice of

its original Shinigami owner, even if the human is not the owner of the note.

Whenever a Shinigami in the human world dies and leaves behind its Death

Note, the note’s finder automatically becomes the owner. However, in this

case, only a human who can see and hear that Shinigami is able to see and

touch the Death Note. It is very unlikely, but if by any chance another

Shinigami picks up the Death Note, that Shinigami becomes the owner.

2.2 SITUATIONS SURROUNDING OWNERSHIP

I f you lose the Death Note or have it stolen, you will lose the ownership

unless you retrieve it within 490 days.


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When the owner of the Death Note dies while the note is on loan, its

ownership will be transferred to the person who is holding it at that time. if

the Death Note is stolen and the owner killed by the thief, its ownership will

automatically be transferred to the thief.

The individuals who lose ownership of a Death Note will also lose their

memories of it. However, this does not mean that they will lose all memories

from the period of ownership: they will only lose the memories involving the

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When an individual with ownership of more than two Death Notes loses

possession of one of them, he will no longer be able to recognize or hear that

Death Note’s Shinigami anymore. The Shinigami will leave, but all the

memories involving that Death Note will remain to the owner as long as he

maintains ownership of at least one other Death Note.

If a person loses possession of a Death Note he will not recognize its

Shinigami by sight or voice anymore. However, if the owner lets someone else

touch that Death Note, from that time on that person will continue to
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recognize the Shinigami’s appearance and voice until he or she actually

becomes the owner of the Death Note and subsequently loses possession of

it.

When regaining ownership of a Death Note, the memories associated with it

will also return. In cases where the owner was involved with other Death

Notes as well, memories of all the Death Notes involved will return. The

memories will return just by touching the death Note, even without obtaining

ownership of it

Memories related to a Death Note are lost when its ownership is lost. By they

may be regained by either obtaining the ownership once again or by touching

the Death Note. This can be done up to six times per Death Note. Any times

more than that, the person’s memory of the Death Note will not return and

they will have to use it without any previous memory of it.

Even if you d not actually possess the Death Note, you may still use it to full

effect.
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You may lend the Death Note to another person while maintaining ownership.

The borrower may lend it to yet another person as well.

The person who borrows the Death Note will not be followed by a Shinigami.

The Shinigami always remains with the owner of the Death Note. Also, the

borrower cannot trade for the Shinigami Eyes.

Only by touching each other’s Death Notes can owners recognize the

appearance or voice of each other’s Shinigami.

Losing memory of the Death Note by passing the ownership to another or by

abandoning ownership will only occur when someone is actually killed using

that Death Note. You will not lose memory of the Death Note if, for example,

you merely owned it and did not write down anyone’s name. In this case, you

will not be able to hear or see the Shinigami anymore. You will also lose the

power of the Shinigami Eyes if you made the trade.

2.3 MULTIPLE NOTEBOOKS

Someone possessing more than one Death Note may write down a victim’s

name in one of the Death Notes and the cause of death in the other, and the
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death will still occur. The order of writing, however, is unimportant; if you

write down the cause of death in one Death Note and afterward write the

name in the other, the death will occur. This can also be accomplished by two

Death Note owners working together. In this case, it is necessary that the two

touch each other’s Death Notes.

Only six Death Notes are allowed to exist at a time in the human world. Of

course, the Death Notes that the Shinigami own do not count. This means

only six Shinigami that have passed on their Death Notes to humans can be in

the human world at once.

One Shinigami is allowed to pass on Death Notes to only three humans at a

time. However, it is possible for a single Shinigami to hand out up to six Death

Notes--by handing three humans two Death Notes each, for example. In other

words, one human could potentially own all six Death Notes.

If a seventh Death Note is given to a human when six already exist in the

human world, nothing will happen when it is used.


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In the event that there are more than six Death Notes in the human world,

only the first six Death Notes that have been delivered to humans will have

effect. The seventh Death Note will not become active until one of the other

six Death Notes is destroyed or a Shinigami takes one of them back to the

Shinigami realm.

3. The Shinigami Eyes

3.1 THE EYE TRADE

A human who becomes the owner of a Death Note can, in exchange for half of

his or her remaining life, acquire the power of the Shinigami Eyes, which will

enable him or her to see a human’s name and remaining life span when

looking at them

If you have traded for the Shinigami Eyes, you will lose that power and well as

the memories of the Death Note once you lose ownership of the note.

Moreover, the half of your life you traded away will not be restored.

Any individual with Shinigami Eyes can see the name and life span of another

human by looking at that person’s face. By gaining ownership of a Death


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Note, an individual not only gains the ability to kill but also cannot be killed by

a Death Note. From this point on, a person with a Death Note cannot see the

life span of other Death Note owners, including him- or herself.

In order to see the names and life spans of humans using the power of

Shinigami Eyes, the owner must be able to see more than half of that person’s

face. When looking from top to bottom, he must be able to see at least from

the head to the nose. If he looks at only the eyes and under, he will not be

able to see the person’s name and life span. Also, even though some parts of

the face--for example the eyes, nose, or mouth--are hidden, if he can basically

se the whole face he will be able to see the person’s name and life span.

It is still not clear how much exposure is needed to see a name and life span

(more research needs to be done). If the above conditions are met, names

and life spans can be seen though photos and digital images, no matter how

old they are. But this is sometimes affected by the resolution and the size of

the image. Also, names and life spans cannot be seen using drawings,

however realistic they may be.


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Those with Shinigami Eyes will have eyesight of over 3.6 in the human

measurement, regardless of their original eyesight.

If you have traded for the Shinigami Eyes, you will see a person’s primary

lifespan in the human world.

The names you will see with the Shinigami Eyes are the names needed to kill

that person. You will be able to see a name even if it isn’t officially registered

anywhere.

Humans who have traded for Shinigami Eyes cannot see the names or life

spans of humans who have already passed away (by looking at photos of

them, for example).

The use of the death note in the human world sometimes affects other

humans’ lives or shortens their original life spans, even if their names are not

actually written in the notebook itself. In these cases, no matter the cause,

the Shinigami sees only the original life span and not the shortened life span.
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No matter what medical or scientific method is employed, it is impossible for

humans to distinguish whether or not a human has Shinigami Eyes. Even

Shinigami cannot distinguish this face, except for the very Shinigami that

traded his or her eye power with that human.

4. The Shinigami rules

4.1 RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OWNER

The human owner of a Death note is possessed by its original Shinigami until

he or she dies.

If a human uses a Death Note, its Shinigami must appear in front of the

human within 39 days after he or she uses the note.

The original Shinigami owners of Death Notes don’t, in principle, do anything

to help or prevent the deaths brought about by the notes.

A Shinigami has no obligation to completely explain how to use the note or

the rules that apply to the human who owns it.


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The Shinigami must not tell humans the names or life spans of individuals he

sees. This is to avoid confusion in the human world.

A Shinigami bringing a Death Note into the human world must make sure that

a human uses it. Although it is unlikely that a Shinigami who has possessed a

human would die, if it does happen, the Death Note brought into the human

will not lose its power.

Shinigami must not stay in the human world without a particular reason.

Acceptable reasons to stay in the human world are as follows:

I. When the Shinigami’s Death Note is handed to a human.

II. Finding a human to take possession of a Death Note should be

done from the Shinigami realm, but if it is within 82 hours this may

also be done in the human world.

III. When a Shinigami talks an individual with an intention to kill them,

as long as it is within 82 hours of possessing them the Shinigami

may stay in the human world.

The Shinigami must not hand the Death Note directly to a child under six

years of age (based on the human calendar). But Death Notes that have been
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dropped into the human world and are part of the human world, can be used

upon humans of almost any age with the same effect

The owner of a Death Note cannot be killed by a Shinigami who is in the

Shinigami realm. Also, a Shinigami who comes to the human world with the

objective of killing the owner of a Death Note will not be able to do so. Only a

Shinigami that has passed on its Death Note to a human is able to kill the

owner of the Death Note.

If a Death Note is owned in the human world against a Shinigami’s will, that

Shinigami is permitted to stay in the human world in order to retrieve it. In

that case, if there are other Death Notes in the human world, the Shinigami

are not allowed to reveal to the humans the Death Note owner’s identity or its

location.

If a Shinigami’s Death Note is taken away for whatever reason, it can only be

retrieved from the Shinigami who possesses it at the time. if there is no

Shinigami, but a human, the only way the Shinigami can get it back is to first

touch the Death Note and become the one who haunts that particular human.
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Then they have to wait until the person dies to take it away. And they have to

do it before any other humans touches it.

After a Shinigami brings a Death Note to the human world and gives its

ownership to a human, the Shinigami has the right to kill the human using its

own Death Note for any reason, such as disliking the owner.

The following are the cases in which a Shinigami that has brought the Death

Note in the human world is allowed to return to the Shinigami realm.

I. When the Shinigami has seen the end of the first owner of the

Death Note brought into the human world and has written that

human’s name into his or her own Death Note.

II. When the Death Note is destroyed and cannot be used by humans

anymore.

III. If nobody claims ownership of the Death Note, it is unnecessary to

possess anyone.

IV. If, for any reason, the Shinigami possessing the Death Note is

replaced by another Shinigami.

V. When a Shinigami loses track of the Death Note that he or she

posseses, or cannot identify which human owns the Death Note, or


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cannot locate where the owner is, and therefore needs to find such

information using the observation holes in the Shinigami realm.

VI. Even in cases II, III IV, Shinigami are obliged to confirm the death of

the first owner and write down that human’s name in his or her

Death Note even when she or she is in the Shinigami realm.

In the Shinigami realm there are few copies of what humans might call a “user

handbook” for the Death Notes in the human world. Although Shinigami may

not give the handbook to humans, it is perfectly okay for them to teach

humans about its contents, no matter what that may be.

4.2 USING THE DEATH NOTE

A Shinigami can extend its life by writing human names in a Death Note, but a

human cannot. A person can only shorten his or her own life by using the note

Even the original Shinigami owners of Death Notes do not know much about

them.

Shinigami must own at least one personal Death Note, which must never be

lent to or written on by a human.


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Shinigami may exchange and write in each others’ Death Notes.

If a Shinigami to use a Death Note to end the life of a killer of an individual it

favors, that individual’s life will be extended but the Shinigami will die. The

Shinigami will then disappear but the Death Note will remain. The ownership

of this Death Note is usually carried over to the next Shinigami that touches it,

but it is common sense that it be returned to the Shinigami King.

By manipulating the death of a human who has influence over another

human’s life, that human’s original life span can sometimes be lengthened. If

a Shinigami intentionally does this that Shinigami will die, but even if a human

does the same, the human will not die.

4.3 SHINIGAMI LIFE

A Shinigami cannot be killed even if stabbed or shot. However, there are ways

to kill them, which are not generally known even to the Shinigami themselves.
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There are male and female Shinigami, but it is neither possible nor permitted

for them to have sexual relations with humans. They also cannot have sex

with each other.

As long as a Shinigami has at least once seen a human and knows his or her

name and life span, the Shinigami is capable of finding that human by looking

down form an observation hold in their realm.

The Shinigami realm has laws that govern it. If a Shinigami should break a

law, there are nice levels of punishment, with the severity starting at Level

Eight and going up to Level One, plus and Extreme Level. At severity levels

above Three, the Shinigami will be punished and killed. Killing a human

without using the Death Note merits punishment at the Extreme Level.

Shinigami will not die from lack of sleep. They do not need sleep, so to them it

is merely laziness. Shinigami in the human world shouldn’t act lazy merely

because they are required to possess a human.